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London Select

I recently spent a week visiting my son in London, which between you and me, was not nearly enough time to get to everything on my to-do list. I did make sure to at least walk past most of the iconic spots like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the British Museum, and the London Eye, for example, but I had to be very selective when it came to the places that I actually visited.  The same went for restaurants…who knew London was such a foodie town? Luckily, my son will be there for a while, so that I’ll hit any spots that I missed on the next trip.  Here are the highlights of what I did manage to do. Read More »

Eats Hampton

There is nothing quite like summer in the Hamptons. Great beaches, fantastic weather, outstanding people watching ops, and truly amazing food. Here is my list of tried and true dining picks, from the most casual, family friendly options to those worthy of a romantic evening en tête à tête. Read More »

Le Paris Packing List – Summer Edition

I don’t know about you, but to me the most stressful part of traveling is editing my packing list. For my last trip to Paris, I was determined to be as minimal as possible (never mind the THREE jackets I brought because, you know: PARIS), and to fit everything into my carry-on bag. I kept my eye on the weather forecast (which was all over the place) and tried to choose pieces that I could mix and match and easily convert from casual to dressier looks. I knew I would be spending most of my time walking around the city, so comfort was essential, but not at the expense of style, bien sûr. Here’s what I ended up taking. Read More »

A Moveable Feast

One of the best things about Paris is the food. Whenever I’m there I have a few favorite spots that I always hit (Café de Flore, Le Voltaire, Hotel Costes, to name a few), but I also  try to find places that I haven’t been to before. Here is a round-up of discoveries from my recent trip – several of which are in the 9th arrondissement, the neighborhood I stayed in. Read More »

Livin’ the High Life

I made a last minute decision to visit numéro un (my eldest son) in NYC last week, and luckily, I found a room at the Standard Highline in the Meatpacking District. It was hands down one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in Manhattan in terms of the level of comfort and hospitality, and how about that view from my room on the 15th floor? Such a lively neighborhood – highlights include the HIghline, the Whitney Museum, and tons of restaurant and shopping options. I really loved the hotel-operated dining choices, like the Standard Grill, and of course, the Top of the Standard, which may be one of the best spots in the city to watch a sunset. Can’t wait to go back!

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Happy Friday Everyone! So let’s imagine that you had 48 hours (a weekend, basically) to visit Los Angeles…where would you go to make the most of your trip? Here are my suggested destinations. Note that this is a limited list, because it factors in the time you will most likely spend in traffic, the kryptonite of even the most enthusiastic L.A. tourists. Read More »